MARQUETTE - A new early childhood education center was officially opened this month with a ribbon-cutting by the Alger-Marquette Community Action Board.
"It was time to have our own facility," said Marjorie Klein, early childhood education director at AMCAB. "(Before) we were in churches and schools."
AMCAB is housing three programs at the new Brookton Early Childhood Center, located in Marquette's Lost Creek Development.
"We have two classes of Head Start, two classes of Great Start readiness and we have an early Head Start program," Klein said.
AMCAB's child education programs are provided free to income eligible families, but no one is discouraged from applying, Klein said.
After renting space for the 40 years of the program's existence, AMCAB received a United States Department of Agriculture loan and a grant to begin construction on its own facility in 2008. On Jan. 5, the facility was opened for about 80 kids and eight educators who run the programs.
The programs, with the exception of state-funded Great Start program, are federally funded, Klein said.
U.P. Engineers and Architects, Oberstar and Menze Construction Company constructed the facility.
For more information on the programs, call 228-6522.